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The Sangguniang Panlungsod of Tacurong City has already passed a resolution approving the Devolution Transition Plan of the Local Government Unit.
City Councilor Remo Flores sponsored the resolution unanimously approved by other members of the city council during their regular session on November 10, 2021.
Last week, key officials and employees of the city government attended a three-day workshop to craft the LGU’s DTP.
Through the DTP, the LGU will be provided with a roadmap to ensure strategic, systematic, and coherent actions towards the full implementation of functions, services, and facilities to be fully devolved by national government agencies starting 2022.
The crafting of DTP came on the heels of issuance by President Rodrigo Duterte of Executive Order No. 138 mandating the full devolution of certain functions of the Executive Branch to the Local Government Units.
The EO ensures the implementation of policy of decentralization as enshrined in the Constitution and the Local Government Code of 1991.
The full devolution also ensures the increase in just share in national taxes for LGUs as provided for in the Mandanas-Garcia ruling of the Supreme Court.
Under the Mandanas-Garcia ruling, the Supreme Court held that all collections of national taxes, except those accruing to special purpose funds and special allotments for the utilization and development of the national wealth, should be included in the computation of the base of the just share of the LGUs.
Mayor Lino Montilla relayed his appreciation to the officials and employees of the city government for complying with the requirements set by the Department of the Interior and Local Government, especially on the crafting of the DTPs.
Montilla said that while the LGUs will soon receive bigger share from the national government, bigger responsibilities should come along with it.
“I’m confident that with the city’s DTP, our LGU will prudently and efficiently carry out the programs and services for our people”, the mayor said.
The mayor also conveyed his gratitude to the Duterte administration for finally realizing the long-cherished goal of LGUs to achieve local autonomy. (ASF, LGU Information)